Larry Blyden was best known for hosting the game show “What’s My Line?” (1972-1974.) The following year, he was killed while vacationing in Africa. What really happened?
Briefly, let’s examine the career of Mr. Blyden. After serving as a Marine in WWII, he worked as a radio announcer, them moved to New York to study acting. His first major roles were on Broadway in “Mister Roberts” and “Flower Drum Song” (Tony nomination.) In 1972, he would win a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”. Blyden also appeared in guest roles on television series and feature films. Starting in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, he began hosting game shows, the most famous being “What’s My Line?” (cancelled 1975.)
His last featured role was for “Absurd Person Singular”. Blyden was set to host a new game show called “Showoffs”, when he left for Marrakesh, Morocco. On a hunt for rare antiquities, he was driving through Agadir, where he was reportedly attacked by bandits and nearly beaten to death. Due to the more primitive conditions in the region, doctors were unable to save his live. He died following surgery.
Larry’s manager released the “official” story as injuries sustained in a car accident (for the peace of mind of his wife and two children.) He was buried in Houston, Texas.
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